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From Atlas CEO Message

32.How to get out of Financial Capitalism.

Having said that, I sometimes feel there could be only few fragments of financial capitalism in local cities and regions in Japan, where I'm used to be invited to deliver speeches.

The typical examples for that are small and middle sized cities in Japan. Except for big cities such as Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka, you can find there only cities without any real estate built up after the 21st century.

What you usually face there, is a series of old-fashioned buildings from 1960s and 1970s, when the Japanese economy enjoyed the peak of rapid economic growth after the WWII. Now, you may wonder how poor and miserable the local people are.

Nevertheless, those who encounter you in the cities, are always smiling quite contrary to such a preoccupation. Heaving a breath, you say to yourself. Well, this is the very enigma in Japan.

There are two reasons for this typical local-Japanese phenomenon as follows: First of all, object economy still survives there. Without paying a single dime, you can live it up there, conditioned that you manage to maintain very close relationship and human network with the local community you belong to.

You work on something, which you'll give to your neighbors, who will then give back something you need to you. That's all. Particularly being rich in diversity of natural resources, it's possible in Japanese local regions. Where you can find nothing for survival, the difference is quite obvious.

Secondly, however, local tycoons exist in Japan, due to the shadow economy closely related with financial capitalism. It's industrial wastes in big cities full of consumers that enabled them to enjoy luxurious life.

Thanks to accelerating consumption in urban areas such as Tokyo-Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo, the tycoons connected to local leadership and even criminal organizations, import industrial with a huge amount of subsidies.

Local banks in Japan strictly keep it secret, because the tycoons hold deposits in the banks'accounts. This is the very reason why you sometimes find out gorgeous villas of tycoons in local cities and regions, where any single industry doesn't exist.

The irony of history is the fact that these tycoons are being dead because of declining population in Japan. Furthermore, China, our neighbor country, regards our wastes as resources to be recycled, and has begun to massively import them.

Plenty of industrial waste treatment plants isn't needed in Japan any more. This is the true reason for slow death of Japanese local cities and communities.

Money always goes around, and there isn't any eternal business model in our human society. Living without financial capitalism is really hard, but must be possible.

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